Key messages - BIG is currently responsible for distributing half the money that the National Lottery raises for good causes. - Since 2004 we have distributed over £3.6 billion across the UK to projects covering health, education, the environment and charitable purposes. - Our mission is to bring real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need. BIG is an outcomes funder, we are interested in what works and what makes a positive difference to the communities in which we deliver funding. - We are committed to being an intelligent funder, engaging with people and communities, responding to and targeting needs and disadvantage. - We will offer a mixture of funding including open and targeted approaches. - Last year 92% of our funding across the UK went directly to the VCS - We are interested in what works in communities rather than simply who is delivering the project. - We are keen to broker wider relations that find effective solutions and interventions to shared community issues or concerns.
Dr Ambreen Shah presentation for Age UK
How the Big Lottery Fund’s Health andWellbeing portfolio has contributed to thehealth and wellbeing of older peopleDr Ambreen Shah, Deputy Director England Policy, Big Lottery Fund
About BIG• Funding across health, education, environment & charitable purposes• Focus on people and communities most in need• Commitment to the voluntary and community sector• Also interested in encouraging wider cross-sector partnership to address community need• Outcomes funder
BIG and Age UKInvesting in Well-being• fit as a fiddle funded through BIG’s £160m Well-being programme• £15.17million to improve the health and well- being of older people across England• Physical activity, mental health healthy eating• Diverse range of approaches based on what works for users 3
Well-being• Launched in 2006 to invest £165m• Key priority areas • mental health; • healthily eating; • and physical activity • Holistic Approach • Partnership • Non-prescriptive • Beneficiary Involvement 4
Learning Legacy• Well-being programme evaluation• Led by CLES and nef• Year 2 Evaluation report: •Reductions depressive symptoms •Life Satisfaction is up •People are on the move •Healthier diets better food choices •Improved social Well-being
Portfolio Evaluations• Review of 17 Well-being portfolios own evaluations• Early insight: • Holistic approach • Learning and family change • Community led and sustainable • Volunteer involvement• Review findings by April 2012 at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
BIG’s Funding for olderpeople’s projects• Grants for projects for older people range from £300 to £15 million• Awards for All offers grants of £300 - £10,000• Reaching Communities offers grants of £10,001 to £500,000• New targeted funding investment of up to £110 million
Older People Strategy• To recognise and promote the positive contribution older people make to society; empowering them to participate in their communities and shape priorities for local action which help them to prepare for and manage key transitions in their lives.
BIG’s proposed investment• silver dreams fund• Strategic Investment• Open Funding• Collaborative and Ready to Go Ideas• Research Enquiry
silver dreams fund: what’sthe challenge?• To pioneer approaches which help vulnerable older people deal more effectively with life-changing events
silver dreams fund themes• Helping older people to help themselves• Working with others• Managing better• Volunteering• Testing new ways of working
silver dreams fund• silver dreams fund budget of £10 million• Fund 30 projects of between £50K - £200K• Top 5 projects will be awarded £1 million
...and finally• Details of all our programmes can be found on the Big Lottery Fund Website at: http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/